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Hi i'm 17 and i've always had knock knees. Is there a surgery that can be performed or some other kind of treatment that can correct this?

Hi i'm 17 and i've always had knock knees. Is there a surgery that can be performed or some other kind of treatment that can correct this?

Rarely necessary: Knock-knees is also called genu valgus. Although this can be a contributing factor in some knee and other lower extremity conditions, it rarely requires surgery unless severe. You are also skeletally mature at age 17 as a female, and thus, it's unlikely that these "knock knees" will increase in the next couple of decades. The most important thing you can do is stay fit ; stay at a healthy weight. ...Read more

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Knock Knees (Definition)

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What can I do about my knock knees? Any treatments?

What can I do about my knock knees? Any treatments?

Do they hurt?: "knock knees" or genu valgum usually stems from your anatomic built which can only be changed with osteotomies (breaking and realigning bones), reserved for severe symptomatic cases. Pt to strengthen the leg muscles can be helpful but won't change your bone alignment orthotics can also provide subtle changes to your mechanics. ...Read more

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I have flat feet and knock knees but it's never been picked up until recently, what are the treatments?

I have flat feet and knock knees but it's never been picked up until recently, what are the treatments?

Usually foot support: If you have fatigue or pain, and you are already wearing appropriate shoes, foot supports (orthoses) can be helpful in reducing abnormal flattening of the arches (pronation) which can cause increased strain on the insides of the knees. See a podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is knock knee treatment?

What is knock knee treatment?

Depends on symptoms: If it's an adult, this is not pathological unless it is cause by arthritic wear down of the knee. In this case it is treated with knee replacement surgery or lateral unloaded bracing. In a child with a growth plate injury, surgical treatment has several options and is best discussed with pediatric orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I cure knock knee and genu valgum..Any excercises is there for this treatment?

How can I cure knock knee and genu valgum..Any excercises is there for this treatment?

Alignment issue: You cannot cure genu valgum with exercises. This is an alignment issue. Some people, however, have increasing genu valgum over time. This is typically a result of progressive arthritis in the outer half of their knees with possible stretching on the medial (inner) collateral ligament. ...Read more

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Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Antibiotics/ Surgery: Bone infections are difficult to treat. Antibiotics are used to try to clear the infection. If this is not successful, surgery may be needed to remove the infected portion of bone. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments available for heel, knee joint pain other than pain meds?

Are there alternative treatments available for heel, knee joint pain other than pain meds?

Periostitis of os..: If inflammation causes the pain, it should be eliminated. The most common cause for heel specific pain is "periostitis of the os calcus, or heel bone. An appropriate cortisone should bring rapid relief. Then look for the causes. The family of spondyloarthopathies is most likely factorial the layman's term for heel pain is stone bruise." in reiter's syndrome, it was called "lover's heels!". ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatments available for heel and knee joint pain other than painkillers?

What are the alternative treatments available for heel and knee joint pain other than painkillers?

A couple: Antiinflammatories both oral and topical, msm, glucosamine, physical therapy, braces. Stretching of achilles tendon and plantar fascia for heel and quads and hamstrings for the knee. Accupunture is an option as well. ...Read more

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What can someone do about my knock knees?

What can someone do about my knock knees?

Depending on the sy-: mptoms and findings on examination as well as the XRs of the knees, Your surgeon will be discussing the types of surgery he thinks U would benefit from. There are HTO ( High Tibial osteotmies) or Total Knee replacement to correct the KK deformity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to correct my knock-knees?

Can you tell me how to correct my knock-knees?

Find the cause: At 45, you need to find the cause. If it's from collapsed arches, then orthotics may help. If it'f from arthritis, then potentially knee replacements may help realign them. If they are the way you have always been, and they aren't causing you problems, then leaving them alone may be the best option. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have knock knees?

Knock knees: Stand erect and bring your legs together, your knees and ankles should touch. If your knees touch but there is space between your ankles you have a form of knock knees. If your ankles touch but your knees don't you may be bowlegged. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to straighten knock knees ?

Can someone tell me how to straighten knock knees ?

Only surgery: Only surgery can straighten knock knees but is rarely needed. Depends upon symptoms, treatment failure, etc. I rec eval from ortho doc. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is called genu valgum or "knock-knees"?

Both are right: The orthopedic term we use is genu valgum which is the same as saying a person has knock knees. The opposite is genu varum or bow-legged. ...Read more

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I was wondering is backward walking normal for knock knees or bowlegs?

I was wondering is backward walking normal for knock knees or bowlegs?

Unclear: Not sure what is being asked here. Walking backward would of course not be normal of anybody. A person with knock knees or bowlegs, however, should be able to walk backwards. If you have significant gait problems and/or knee alignment issues, do see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm 23 years and i have knock knees can the brace help to correct it without surgery?

I'm 23 years and i have knock knees can the brace help to correct it without surgery?

Complicated decision: That's really tough. Most kids outgrow it. You've reached adulthood, so joint modeling is complete. Most orthopedic surgeons will tell you they'd rather try conservative (ie nonsurgical) options first, like night braces, because surgery is a big decision. That said, the procedure is minimally invasive, typically very successful & may decrease your risk for early-onset arthritis. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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I am a 18 year old girl. I am suffering from knock knees, is there any way to correct it, what to do?

I am a 18 year old girl. I am suffering from knock knees, is there any way to correct it, what to do?

Knock knee: or genu Valgum can be treated with exercises and PT, if it needs to be treated at all. Sometimes its familial and requires no treatment ...Read more

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My right hip sticks out more prominently than the left, plus I have knock knees. Could these be related?

My right hip sticks out more prominently than the left, plus I have knock knees. Could these be related?

Yes: Yes, abnormalities in the angular ion of the proximal femur can contribute to abnormalities in the overall alignment of the knee. Don't hesitate to be seen for a detailed exam and X-ray if you have specific problems. ...Read more